LOUISIANA: Twelve Years

Looking at Huey Long, old Louisiana aristocrats used to shake their heads. "Many of our Governors have been scoundrels," they said, "but up to now they have always been gentlemen." Right they were: from the reign of Carpetbagger Henry Clay Warmoth (1868-72) to the reign of Huey Long, too many amiable scoundrels and gentlemen figure-headed Louisiana life. And they left so much essential work undone that when Huey Long came bellowing and blasting his way to power in 1928 it was less like an election than like Louisiana's first payment of a...

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